Embryology textbook defines zygote as beginning of life

“Zygote. This cell results from the union of an oocyte and a sperm during fertilization. A zygote is the beginning of a new human being(i.e., an embryo).” … “[The zygote] marked the beginning of each of us as a unique individual.” 

Keith L. Moore and T.V.N. Persaud, The Developing Human: Clinically Oriented Embryology, 7th ed., Philadelphia: Saunders, 2003, pp. 2,16

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One Response to Embryology textbook defines zygote as beginning of life

  1. susan szoke says:

    Wonderful to read the facts about how the embryo’s DNA is not the same as the mother’s DNA—meaning they are NOT the same person. Therefore the embryo is not part of the woman’s body anymore than an embryo in a test tube is part of the test tube. Looked up the authors, their research interests & publications, books. Very credible conclusion.

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